Teulera Can Benito – Miquel Torres Bordoy
Stone, ceramic or other types of flooring, Manufacture of tiles, Manufacture of other ceramic elements, Decoration of tiles, Tiling and other ceramic coatings (placing onsite), Manufacture of bricks, Manufacture of roof tiles
Miquel Torres is the head of Teulera Can Benito. He belongs to the third generation of ceramists within the family.
The story of this business started when Miquel’s grandfather founded a pottery where he sold popular artisanal ceramics. Due to the market’s demands he shifted his activity more to pottery focussed on construction materials. When Miquel inherited the business from his father, he decided he wanted to go back and give greater value to popular crafts, combining today’s tradition and modernity.
His dedication and excellent know-how enabled him to be awarded the title of Mestre artesà teuler nº 198 (Master Craftsman in the field of tiling), as well as the acknowledgement to his Teulera de Can Benito as an artisanal business with number 128 – both titles awarded by the Consell de Mallorca.
Today Teulera de Can Benito employs ten people working there closely with one another to achieve the maximum quality and distinction in each of the products they manufacture, whether they are decorative elements or elements of traditional architecture. Thanks to them, whoever goes to Teulera de Can Benito will be able to find extremely varied pieces, such as ceramic murals, tiles, steps, small tiles, balusters, ceramic drain pipes…
The know-how of these artisans has enabled them to outstand within the market. They manufacture high-quality products and they have the capacity to reproduce old pieces, so emblematic elements are not lost forever. Examples of these are the ventilation rosettes or the bars of the balusters in stately homes which they carry out. They help promote the craft and contribute to enhance the value of these unique pieces.
Moreover, the technical and formal knowledge on fired clay have enabled the business of La Teulera de Can Benito to work with prestigious architects for whom they have designed tailored elements and pieces.
It is also worth mentioning that the products they manufacture are sustainable and elaborated with materials from close-by areas, since the magic that lies within these particular ceramic products is that the preparation of the mixture is carried out parting from clays extracted from a nearby village.
Proof of his excellent expertise has been the award to his Artisanal Life Trajectory in Mallorca in 2016, awarded by the Consell de Mallorca, as well as his nomination for the National Crafts Prizes under the category of Product Prize 2015, organized by Fundesarte.
Miquel Torres is currently the president of the Associació de Teuleres of Mallorca, an institution dedicated to protect the profession and the traditional architecture from Mallorca.
The craft has run through the family for generations. Therefore, the craft has been taught from fathers to sons.
Among all his works, it is worth mentioning his participation in the construction of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the roof for the fish market in Palma, the murals of Gustavo de Cala Ratjada, the retrieval of the balusters of Raixa in Mallorca, and the collaboration with the interior design office Bloomintdesign.